Healthy eating is a big part of any medical health plan. At Pohala Clinic, we know that weight loss is not easy, but we also know from working with thousands of clients throughout the years that certain practices do work. We asked each staff member at Pohala for a natural Weight Loss tip. We hope this helps you get started on a plan you can use for life, if weight management is a goal. The answers are as diverse as our practitioners!
From Julie Foster, Family Nurse Practitioner
I am not a fan of the term “Weight Loss.” What are we losing? Where does the weight go?
I would rather ask, ‘What can we gain by having a healthy relationship with our body, mind, and spirit?’
I encourage my patients to examine their relationship with food when exploring the idea of a healthy body.
If we are at peace with ALL aspects of our life and we structure our days with balanced, whole plant based foods, we can find a natural weight that suits us.
I say this to my clients: When you crave certain foods ask yourself, ‘What am I really craving? Maybe you just need to let down, cover up, or escape something and you use food to do this. Believe me it happens for most of us. I heard a patient tell me ‘I eat my emotions’ and another say ‘I avoid eating to control my emotions.’ We cannot use food one way or the other. Food is food. It fuels us. Period.
How can we become neutral and lighthearted about food? When I work with patients about weight loss I avoid making weight loss the goal and instead encourage patients to take a path of self discovery. Once a person can see the patterns in his or her life that are a hinderance to becoming one’s best self, healing begins.
The rest falls into place. Then, education about nutrition can be properly applied and digested (literally).
From Malia Susee, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist…
Support the Spleen and get good sleep!
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Spleen (I’m capitalizing it to differentiate it from our biomedically-viewed organ) is responsible for the transformation food to chi, (Qi), or useable energy, and the transportation of it this useable energy to the rest of the body. Good sleep supports a healthy metabolism, whereas sleep deprivation throws off the metabolism causes us to crave sugar. Overdoing carbohydrates and sugar causes the Spleen to get bogged down and inefficient, leading to even more carb cravings and potentially less good sleep! Prioritizing healthy sleep not only helps us use the calories we have, but helps keep unhealthy cravings at bay.
Vera Vos, Family Nurse Practitioner
When your gut is happy, you are happy! Your gut is inhabited by gazillions of microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, protozoa and others that have a huge influence on your health and, as more and more research is showing, your happiness and weight! The kind of food you eat feeds those microorganisms and the ones that like the sugar, processed foods, bad fats, etc of the Standard American Diet (SAD) cause chronic disease, mental health issues, obesity, brain fog, fatigue, etc.
The ones that make you happy, healthy and slimmer, your allies and friends have a huge preference for high fiber stuff like vegetables (cooked and raw), fruits, legumes, nuts/seeds, healthy whole grains (quinoa, farro, bulgur, teff, etc), fermented foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, kefir, tempeh, etc) and prebiotic foods like onions, garlic and jicama. Say Bon Appetit! to your microorganisms and start including each of these food categories into your diet every day to greatly increase your allies and friends which will heal your gut and body, make you happy and motivated, and support weight loss.
We want you to feel supported at Pohala. Our clinicians are here to listen and help. We will come up with a weight loss, healthy eating and life balanced plan that fits into your life. If eating disorder help is needed, we have specialists who can help directly and connect you with outside services.
Please call our clinic to work with one of our health care professionals to create a plan for a healthy body.